Careful study into tea industry
The Sri Lanka tea industry and various implications to it are to be
carefully studied by the new Tea Board Chairman Susantha Ratnayake.
Tea Board Chairman
“Consultation of all stakeholders to seek their views has already
commenced and within a short period of time strategies will be
formulated to take the industry forward,” Ratnayake told Daily News
Business. He said there are no fixed notions as to how the impediments
in the industry is addressed. He stressed the importance of listening to
stakeholders before coming up with short and long-term plans to add
muscle to the industry.
Answering a query Ratnayake said more and more tea imports being
allowed for packaging and blending has become a controversial issue,
which will be addressed in due course and corrective decisions taken.
Sri Lanka plays a major role as a leading tea exporter and has
secured the third place as an exporter, while China and Kenya hold the
second and the third places respectively at present.